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Courtney Pine: Underground

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For his second recorded foray deep into the realm of hip-hop jazz, Courtney Pine experiences a greater degree of success. Given more opportunities to further groove his concept, he could in fact make the most meaningful contribution to a fusion that is more likely than some would like to admit. Yes, he remains a headstrong improviser, one given to frequent peaks of ecstatic, circular breathing improvisation, and one who at times would do well to simply take the horn out of his mouth before the onset of diminishing returns (particularly on soprano sax). And one wishes he would just go on and book Elvin, McCoy and Workman to get that all-out Coltrane homage out of his system so he could begin to forge something original on his saxophones, but this new date does have its dividends.

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